NMAI Exhibit Review: Americans

Addressing Racism

Americans is the National Museum of American Indians new exhibition that explores how “American Indians have shaped U.S. history, national consciousness, and contemporary experience…highlighting the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began.” Three featured stories emphasize the deep connection between Americans and American Indians – Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn. During the opening day symposium curators Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) and Cécile Ganteaume expressed their hope to prompt conversation around the phenomenon of Indians in everyday references. This Friend found the drive to DC well worth the trip! Might we build on the conversation already started?